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After years spent believing "bigger is better," America's professional sports teams are changing course and building smaller, more intimate venues.
What's happening: Stadiums are shrinking for multiple reasons, including:
By the numbers:
The bottom line: Fans are attending fewer games than they used to — and when they do show up, the focus for many of them is on having a shared live experience (similar to what you get at, say, a music festival) rather than merely watching two teams compete.
What's next: In 2000, futurist Watts Wacker predicted that stadiums of the future would be turned into sound stages with a few thousand seats optimized for TV. That could be where we're headed — especially if/when VR headsets that put you on the 50-yard-line take over.
More stadium news:
Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Will Grier, Daniel Jones, Drew Lock. Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The NFL combine kicks off today in Indianapolis, which means it's time to familiarize yourself with this year's top quarterback prospects.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Will Grier, West Virginia
Daniel Jones, Duke
Drew Lock, Missouri
Other names to know: Ryan Finley, NC State; Tyree Jackson, Buffalo; Brett Rypien, Boise State; Jarrett Stidham, Auburn; Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
Look: Mock draft
Two years ago, American soccer phenom Olivia Moultrie accepted a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina. She was 11 years old.
Why it matters: For decades, America's best female soccer prospects have been funneled to the college system (only two current USWNT players, Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh, skipped college).
What's next: Unclear. A move to Europe, where top clubs like Manchester United have begun to invest more money in their women's teams, is most likely impossible for several years due to FIFA rules.
Watch: Olivia made an appearance (1:14 mark) in Nike's latest "Dream Crazier" ad. I shared the wrong link to this yesterday, so sorry!!! Please enjoy.
👏 Classy gesture: With 9.4 seconds remaining and his Clippers up by nine, Doc Rivers called timeout, picked up the PA announcer's microphone and had the L.A. fans give Dirk Nowitzki one last standing ovation.
⭐️ Star of the night: In his first game back since nearly dying in a car accident on Feb. 21, Karl-Anthony Towns went off in the Timberwolves' 112-105 win over the Kings.
😔 Streak snapped: James Harden scored 28 points in the Rockets' 119-111 win over the Hawks, ending his streak of scoring 30 or more points at a truly ridiculous 32 games. I mean, just think about that.
📺 Tonight: Celtics vs. Raptors, 8 pm ET // Thunder vs. Nuggets, 10:30 pm ET (both games on TNT)
Ottawa's Mark Stone, the best player on the market, is headed to Vegas. Photo: Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
From Mike: The NHL was busy on deadline day with 20 moves coming in before the 3 pm ET buzzer. With 43 days left in the regular season, the playoff race is heating up.
Look: Trade tracker
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52 years ago today, 26-year-old Mario Andretti won the 1967 Daytona 500. It was the Italian-born American's first and only NASCAR Cup Series win and helped launch his peerless career into orbit.
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17 boats set sail from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France in July. Only two have finished.
Last July, 17 sailors embarked on a solo race around the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Golden Globe Race — a race that saw only one participant finish and another disappear (they made a movie about it).
An update: Far more sailors were expected to finish this time around, but just two have so far — and only three remain in the race.
Meet the winner: 73-year-old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede of France won the race on Jan. 29, finishing in 211 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes.
“Your mind is never the same after this. You learn to be an optimist, to take life as it arrives. Alone you have plenty of time to think, to look at your life. You don't have time in the current life with pressures and meetings. Here you're your own master."— French sailing legend Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
The bottom line: The initial video will be played on TVs all across the country today. It's not "fake news," it's simply misleading in the most subtle of ways — a result of a media ecosystem that obsesses over viral clips, even if they don't tell the whole story.
Kendall "Has sailed around a pond" Baker
Trivia answer: Jose Bautista (976)
Editor's note: Yesterday I called Steve Alford "Steve Altman." To make up for it, here is the most 80s video ever. Sorry, Steve.